List of Michelin 3-star restaurants in the United Kingdom

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The Waterside Inn, the first restaurant outside France to hold three Michelin stars for 25 years

Michelin stars are a rating system used by the red Michelin guide to grade restaurants on their quality. The guide was originally developed in 1900 to show French drivers where local amenities such as restaurants and mechanics were, the rating system was first introduced in 1926 as a single star, with the second and third stars introduced in 1933.[1] According to the Guide, one star signifies "a very good restaurant", two stars are "excellent cooking that is worth a detour", and three stars mean "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey".[2] The listing of starred restaurants is updated once a year.[3]

The first restaurant in the UK to gain a Michelin star was Albert and Michel Roux's Le Gavroche, in London.[4] It went on to become one of the first UK restaurants to win a second star in 1977, and the first to win a third, in 1982.[2] Today it is still open as a two-star restaurant, run by Albert's son, Michel Roux, Jr.[5] In 2010 the Roux family's second restaurant, the Waterside Inn, became the first restaurant outside France to have held three Michelin stars for 25 years.[6] The Roux family was also influential in training and influencing other chefs who themselves have gone on to win Michelin stars; Pierre Koffmann,[7] Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay all went on to open restaurants which earned three Michelin stars after working with the Roux brothers.[8][9]

There are currently five restaurants in the UK which hold three Michelin stars, including the aforementioned Waterside Inn. The remaining four restaurants are Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, The Araki, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and The Fat Duck. Out of the restaurants, three are located in London, while the other two are located in Bray, Berkshire.[10][11]

List of Michelin 3-star restaurants[edit]

Restaurant Chef Cuisine Location 1 Michelin star 2 Michelin stars 3 Michelin stars Current Ref.
Year to star
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester Alain Ducasse Contemporary French London &
2009 2010–present 3 Michelin stars [12]
The Araki Mitsuhiro Araki Japanese cuisine London &
2016–2017 2018 3 Michelin stars [11][13]
Chez Nico Nico Ladenis French cuisine Reading, Berkshire (1973–1981),
London (1982–1999)
1981–1983 1984–1994 1995–1999 Closed [14]
The Fat Duck Heston Blumenthal Molecular gastronomy Bray, Berkshire 1999–2001 2002–2003 2004–2015,
[Note 1]
3 Michelin stars [15][16]
La Tante Claire Pierre Koffmann French cuisine London 1979 1980–1992,
1993–1998 Closed [17]
Le Gavroche Michel Roux, Jr. French cuisine London 1974–1976 1977–1981,
1982–1992 2 Michelin stars [18]
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Gordon Ramsay French cuisine London &
1999–2000 2001–present 3 Michelin stars [19]
The Restaurant Marco Pierre White[Note 2] Marco Pierre White French cuisine London 2001–2002 1994 1995–1999 Closed [14]
The Waterside Inn Alain Roux French cuisine Bray, Berkshire 1974–1976 1977–1984 1985–present 3 Michelin stars [20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Fat Duck does not appear in the 2016 Michelin Guide for the UK and Ireland as following a refurbishment and temporary relocation to Australia, it was not open in time to be considered.[15]
  2. ^ The Restaurant Marco Pierre White was known simply as "The Restaurant" in 1994 when it was awarded two Michelin stars. After it moved to Mayfair in 1998, it became known as "Oak Room Marco Pierre White".


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